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Course Release Grants

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Deadline and Information

Fall deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00 pm (for spring 2018 course release)
Spring Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:00 pm (for fall 2018 course release)

Sarah M. Weber
Assistant Director, OSPR
(570) 422-7908

FDR Guidelines 2017-2018

Apply via ESU eGRANTS
(review application instructions in guidelines prior to applying)

The FDR Competitive Course Release Grant is designed to support ESU tenured and tenure-track faculty members who are pursuing a specific substantial external source(s) of funding for their research and/or creative activities.

This grant will be awarded for the period of time while the faculty member develops their grant proposal and the total of the grant request must be or exceed $50,000. This is a competitive grant program and a very limited number of course releases will be awarded per grant cycle.

Faculty who were previously awarded leveraging grants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Course Release Grant as a way to leverage their preliminary research into a large external grant proposal.

The funding opportunity the faculty member intends to apply to must be fully identified and spelled out in the application: including the name of funding agency, deadline, the grant program title, the URL for the grant, etc.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Release time from teaching one course during one semester of the academic year (fall or spring).
  • Individualized support for grant development from the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR). The support will include proofreading and editing, budget development, and final technical submission. (The exact nature of the OSPR’s support will be determined based upon the needs of the applicant and the nature of the grant submission process as outlined by the funding agency.)

*Approval from the applicant’s department chair and dean is required upon applying for a Course Release Grant.

Review the 2017-2018 FDR Guidelines for full instructions, expectations, and eligibility information.